Congratulations to SCCEC's New Officers!
Dr. Jamia Thomas-Richmond - Vice President
Jamia Thomas-Richmond obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida in the spring of 2004. She has developed research interests around areas that can positively and significantly impact the quality of life of people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Consequently, her research has focused on working with culturally diverse exceptional students and their families. Other areas of interest include parental involvement in education, collaboration among teachers and families, and recruitment and retention of minority students in teacher education programs. In 2008, Dr. Jamia Thomas-Richmond launched a business, Richmond Educational Center for Exceptional Students and Supports (R.E.C.E.S.S.), which focused on meeting the needs of exceptional students, their families, and the schools in which they are served. Currently, Dr. Richmond is an Associate Professor in the Spadoni College of Education at Coastal Carolina University, teaching special education courses. She is the program coordinator for undergraduate and graduate special education programs and Department Chair for Foundations, Curriculum, and Instruction. Additionally, she serves as the CREATE director for CCU and the International Programs Liaison for the College of Education. Dr. Richmond has served as President for the South Carolina chapter of TED and is currently serving as Past-President. She has been involved with TED since her days as a graduate student.
Nena Barnett - Treasurer-Elect
My name is Nena Barnett. In 2001, I began my teaching career in an Intellectual Disabled Classroom with eight students of different ability levels. In 2008, I worked with Learning Disabled Students with deficits in Reading & Math. I have taught several disabilities in my 19 years of teaching.
I have only taught in the middle school setting, but did a practicum in elementary school and worked in high school for 10 years as first an EMD aide and then In-School-Suspension Supervisor until I received my degree in teaching.
I have been working at Greer Middle School since 2008 as a resource teacher. Four years ago, our school district began a reading program called System 44/Read 180 Program. I have four reading classes this year along with two co-taught English classes.
My husband, Randy, and I live in Greer, SC. We have 6 children, 5 in-laws, and 14 grandchildren (ages 4 months – 14 years old). We are very fortunate to have all of them near us except for one set who live in California. Our family is a big part of our lives and we enjoy celebrating birthdays, holidays, and vacations together.
Thank you for your consideration for the position of Treasurer on the South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children’s Executive Committee.